Turtle conservation

Project name:

Tortugas de Pacuare

Project purpose:

Turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis


Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared rooms in cabins

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, shower (cold), toiler (western)

How long can I stay?


Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

The sea turtle conservation project in natural refuge gandoca is a joint effort of the association of this community with the inhabitants of this beautiful corner of the Caribbean. Here, volunteers from all over the world and local guides work every night to protect one of the most endangered species of sea turtles, such as the leatherback turtle, through night patrols we look for turtles to take scientific information such as biometrics, marking and geolocation of the nests, with the objective of recovering the population of these turtles that are one of the species that are in serious danger of extinction. Its large size of 2 meters on average will surprise you and make you realize why it is so necessary to protect these beautiful and impressive animals, at the same time you are going to enjoy one of the places cataloged as the most beautiful of the Costa Rican Caribbean, full of friendly people and desires to protect nature. 

What do we expect from our volunteers? We want people with love for nature who are willing to collaborate with us in the protection of our flora and fauna and who are willing to work as a team with people from different places and cultures. 
What can you expect from us? We are people who were born and love this paradisiacal and beautiful place of the Caribbean, so you will find people committed to conservation and with our characteristic way of being (Costa Rican) very fun friendly to all our volunteers. 

For this program, you should bring flashlights with red light, dark clothes (for patrols), comfortable shoes for walking on the beach, rain jacket, mosquito repellent, sunblock and personal care items.Typical day


Your schedule as a volunteer can vary each day, but mostly it will look like this one:

8:30 am: breakfast 
12:30 am: lunch 


Communal work
9:30 am: communal work
2:30 pm: communal work 
The total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours
Among the communal work we do is the plastic collection on the beach and the apt to the improvement program of the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge


Beach patrolling 
The most important time to patrol on the beaches is at night. This is when the turtles usually come ashore to lay their eggs and thus, the most dangerous moment for them. 
8:00 pm to 12:00 am
12:00 am to 4:00 am

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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